Lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter wins all-expense paid trip

Lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter wins all-expense paid trip

  Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists in collaboration with Chipembere Rhino Foundation awarded one lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter an all-expenses paid* trip to Hillsnek Safari Camp. A national campaign launched in July 2018 to drive sales of the #roastedforacause coffee blend encouraged customers to purchase a 250g bag of Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Blend, R5 from every purchased is donated to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) to aid their rhino conservation efforts. Entrants captured their unique code and contact details on the Mastertons website. To increase their chances of winning, entrants were legible to enter each time they purchased the Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Blend over the campaign period. The winner, Ron Verheij, chosed by random draw, was announced on Saturday, World Rhino Day, 22nd September.     Verheij and his partner will enjoy a 2-night stay at HillsNek Safari Camp which is positioned in the Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa. This intimate family-run lodge set on the banks of the Bushman’s River offers an extraordinary safari experience where privacy and personalised attention is the hallmark of every stay. The campaign seeked to boost all contributions to Chipembere Rhino Foundation. Funding received through the sales of Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Coffee Blend is used to establish and maintain anti-poaching K9 teams in the Eastern Cape while also training anti-poaching K9s to track and apprehend suspected poachers, and to provide invaluable assistance at poaching crime scenes. For more information about Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Coffee Blend or for stockist details, please visit...
SAMBA Motorcycle Tours Donates R14,000 to CRF

SAMBA Motorcycle Tours Donates R14,000 to CRF

The CRF team was recently delighted to receive a R14,000 donation from SAMBA Motorcycle Tours, which will support CRF’s ongoing projects to create rhino conservation awareness and fund critical anti-poaching interventions. “We have a passion for Rhinos!” says Thomas and Nina Assenmacher, owners of SAMBA Motorcycle Tours, a tour operator specialising in motorbike tours – specifically Harley-Davidson tours – about their recent donation to CRF. “Many of our tours visit the Eastern Cape game reserves and experience the unique opportunity to see some of the few last remaining rhinos in the wild. We decided we wanted to contribute to the protection of our rhino and the idea was born to support Chipembere Rhino Foundation by donating R100 for every client that travels with SAMBA Tours. In this way, we can make a sustainable contribution to the fight against rhino poaching.” Thomas was born and bred in Germany and had passion for exploring the country on his motorcycle. In 1998, Thomas and Nina moved to South Africa, where they started a motorcycle touring business. As a registered tourist guide, Thomas has been showing off his new home – and its magnificent wildlife – to clients for the past 17 years, both from the back of a motorcycle and from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The company creates custom-designed itineraries for clients, whether they want to explore South Africa on a motorbike on their own, join in a guided tours or embark on an African motorbike expedition. SAMBA Motorcycle Tours also supports a small country school in Oudtshoorn and the Urban Caracal Project in Cape Town on a similar basis....
Gone But Never Forgotten – Rhino Remembrance Day, 16 November

Gone But Never Forgotten – Rhino Remembrance Day, 16 November

Every year on 16 November, our Chipembere Rhino Foundation team, and the guides and guests at Amakhala Game Reserve, gather at ‘’God’s Window’’ for a moment of solemn silence around the Rhino Remembrance Memorial. This memorial bears the names of Chippy, Isipho and Geza – to pay tribute and to remind us of these three magnificent Rhinos, as well as the 7,000 other Rhinos lost in South Africa since 2010, and renew our commitment to ensure the survival of this iconic species for generations to come. On the fateful night of 16 November 2010, two White Rhino bulls on Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape were tragically lost to the brutality of poaching, which has now become a full-blown epidemic in South Africa. ‘Chippy’, as he was affectionately known as because of the ‘chip’ in his horn, was a healthy breeding bull. Isipho – meaning ‘gift’ in Xhosa – was only 5 years old and would have taken over from Chippy as the breeding bull of the rhino conservation project on the Reserve. Just a few months later, Geza – meaning ‘the naughty one’ in Xhosa – died from his wounds after poachers barbarically cut off both his horns. After witnessing the senseless slaughter of their two Rhino breeding bulls, Chippy and Isipho, Brent and Chantelle Cook, the owners of HillsNek Safari Camp at Amakhala Game Reserve decided to step up their conservation efforts. Along with their business partners, Paul and Debbie Naudé and Derek Cook, they established the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) as a local registered non-profit and public benefit organisation to protect and preserve the diminishing...
Race4Rhino Raises Another R65K for Orphaned Rhinos

Race4Rhino Raises Another R65K for Orphaned Rhinos

Race4Rhino has again raised a substantial financial contribution for its beneficiaries, including our local Chipembere Rhino Foundation, which has in turn applied the funds to support the Care for Wild initiative to rescue and rehabilitate rhino calves orphaned by poachers. Now it its sixth year, Race4Rhino recently raised another R65,000 in support of rhino conservation, funded by confirmed entries into the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans 21km and full marathons. Led by Scott Irving, Race4Rhino is a project under the Race4Conservation Foundation banner. It is used as a platform to raise awareness of rhino conservation in South Africa and has already raised R130,000 for Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF), which has used 100% of the generous donations received to assist the Care for Wild initiative to care for orphaned rhino calves. “Race4Rhino has donated funds to Care For Wild through CRF previously and we’ve had fantastic feedback from our donors regarding how well the funding is spent,” says Scott Irving, founder of the Race4Rhino initiative, which raises awareness and funds for conservation through sporting events. “We want to thank our 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans runners, who participate for a cause and make a difference by ensuring that we can continue to support the rehabilitation of orphaned rhinos.” The Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is one of only a few specialists in the care of orphaned and injured rhino. “We are delighted to receive the generous Race4Rhino donation on behalf of our rhino babies,” says Petronel Nieuwoudt, Owner and Director of the Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary. “The funds will be used to care for our precious rhino orphans. They...
Global partners deploy new K9 rhino protection unit in EC

Global partners deploy new K9 rhino protection unit in EC

On World Rhino Day this year, the Eastern Cape’s rhinos enjoy enhanced protection from the poaching crisis, with the deployment of Ziggy, a cold scent tracking dog with a unique proficiency for tracking poachers. Ziggy’s deployment is an expansion of a local cold scent tracking dog programme made possible through an international partnership between the Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF), as part of the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative. The project is solely supported by Medivet and the Medivet Save the Rhino campaign. The expansion of this local cold scent tracking dog programme follows the success of Ella, the first cold scent tracker dog funded and deployed by this remarkable international collaboration in 2017. Carefully selected by CRF and fully funded by Medivet, Ella – a beautiful Bloodhound Doberman cross – was introduced last year to assist all local private game reserves, provincial reserves and national parks in the Eastern Cape as part of WFA’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative. Ella has successfully tracked and contributed to collecting evidence in the Eastern Cape at most rhino poaching incidents and thwarted potential criminal activity in areas of operation. Her dedication and skill set are revered by reserve owners and managers, as well as crime scene detectives and feared by poachers. This has spurred the deployment of Ziggy to build on this success. A full Bloodhound owned by WFA and funded by Medivet, Ziggy recently joined the existing and respected K9 unit at the Addo Elephant National Park, which includes Bullet, Banshee and Loco, all specially-trained and skilled tracking and apprehension dogs. Ziggy brings his highly-effective...
Chipembere Salutes Rangers this World Ranger Day

Chipembere Salutes Rangers this World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is marked annually on July 31st to acknowledge and honour the hard work, passion and dedication of our rangers who spend day and night making sure our wildlife are safe and protected. World Ranger Day is also a day to commemorate and pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty fighting to protect iconic and endangered species like the rhino and elephant – animals widely targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade. On the ground, the brave conservation soldiers of the Anti-Poaching Units (APU) face hot days and long, cold nights patrolling thousands of kilometres of bush, up against poaching syndicates that are armed, dangerous, highly-organised and well-equipped. To ensure that APUs are professionally equipped and motivated for their vital role on the frontline, Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) donates proven and tested anti-poaching equipment for APU rangers, including bullet-proof vests, first aid kits, uniforms, boots, torches, hydration backpacks, monitoring, tracking and essential field equipment. CRF also funds effective training courses facilitated by the The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) including guidance for rangers in correct arrest procedures, the lawful and appropriate use of force and Advanced Marksmen and Tactics for Night Operations training programmes. Established in 2010 to protect and preserve the diminishing number of rhino in Southern Africa, CRF’s key focus is to lend our solid reputation, significant experience and vast network of resources to provide proven tools to improve stringent anti-poaching efforts that will assist Southern Africa’s Rhino custodians in protecting Rhino against poaching on the ground – where it counts! “We rely solely on donor...

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